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Tangerine (2015)

A groundbreaking film that explores the lives of transgender sex workers in Los Angeles. Directed by Sean Baker, the film was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, giving it a raw, unpolished look that perfectly captures the rough-around-the-edges spirit of the city.

The film stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor as Sin-Dee and Alexandra, two best friends and trans women who navigate the streets of LA in search of Sin-Dee’s unfaithful boyfriend. Along the way, they encounter various characters, including a friendly taxi driver, a sexist Armenian client, and a dismissive donut shop owner.

Tangerine has authentic representation of the transgender community. The film was praised for casting trans actors in the lead roles and for its sensitive depiction of their struggles, including discrimination, poverty, and sex work. The film’s raw, unapologetic approach to these issues helps to shed light on the reality of life for many transgender people and raises important questions about social justice and equality.

Another standout feature of “Tangerine” is its visually stunning cinematography. Despite being shot on an iPhone, the film has a bold and colorful look that captures the energy and excitement of Los Angeles. The film’s use of vibrant hues, bold lighting, and fast-paced editing gives it a unique, energetic style that sets it apart from other films in the genre.

A triumph of independent filmmaking and a must-see for anyone interested in issues of social justice and representation. With its powerful performances, visually stunning cinematography, and thought-provoking subject matter, this film is a true gem that deserves to be recognized and celebrated.

A true buddy comedy at heart, and it’s a wonderful one at that.


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